Iuliu Chis, a prominent underworld figure in Oradea, where he is also known as ‘Paprika,’ was remanded for 29 days yesterday, on charges of manslaughter, causing accidental bodily harm and driving under the influence, under a decision of local magistrates, according to Realitatea.net. Initially, the court decided to probe him out of custody but magistrates eventually accepted prosecutors’ appeal and had Chis remanded. The 37-year-old crime figure on Saturday crashed his Mercedes into another vehicle, in which there were two twin sisters, Anca and Adriana Jurcan, 24. Adriana died immediately upon impact and Anca is still in severe condition at the hospital, according to daily ‘Evenimentul Zilei.’ The deeds he is accused of risk bringing a penalty of 15 years in prison. During the first court hearing, Chis’s lawyer said his client was not speeding at the time of the accident, as the Traffic Police and witnesses said. “I don’t know how you set the speed, because we don’t know the speed he was driving at yet. (…) The 160 km/h speed is pure speculation and is not based on any technical grounds,” lawyer Razvan Doseanu said.
Moreover, Doseanu claimed that Chis did not have high blood alcohol content as the police charged and demanded that the test be rerun. The defence attorney also denied rumours that Chis attempted to leave the country to escape being prosecuted for the accident. Doseanu said that his client could have fled on Saturday night immediately after the accident, but has no intention to avoid being held accountable for his action. According to the attorney, Chis committed a serious deed which he regrets and is ready to assume the consequences. Doseanu also said Chis offered to pay for medical treatment for Anca Jurcan, but her family has not yet accepted the offer.